It was in November of 2007 that the Village of Great Neck's board of trustees grimly acknowledged publicly that the village would have to abandon the waterfront residential rezoning plan that lost a court challenge and appeal. Now, we are seeing the results of keeping the area zoned industrial.
The U.S. Postal facility will open soon.
Photo by Carol Frank
Three construction projects on East Shore Road are in varying stages of completion. The United States Postal Service carrier-sorting center is nearly finished but has not announced when its grand opening will occur. Its design turned out to be more massive in appearance than anyone had imagined, but the federal agency is not required by law to open up the process by unveiling designs and plans in public hearings and taking public comments. The facility was budgeted to cost between $10 million and $13 million.
Local leaders were shown the plans, but they had little leverage over the final design. Space was retained in the event that someday a public promenade encircles Manhasset Bay, but those are dreams, not plans.
Further down the street, the old Waldbaum's site, owned by Benjamin Ringel of Armstrong Associates, has been leased to BMW for an auto repair site. According to architect Angelo Francis Corva, there will be approximately 160 parking spaces available on site and the traffic studies showed that "there would not be an adverse impact on traffic." There will be extensive plantings along the roadway and the waterfront sides of the property. The façade of the building will be white. The project is slated for completion by late spring or early summer.
Mr. Corva is also the architect for another construction site on East Shore Road, this one in the Village of Kings Point. While certainly not an industrial project, the Chabad of Great Neck has begun construction on their 23,500 square foot religious institution at 400 East Shore Road. In contrast to the postal facility, the Village of Kings Point held months of continuing hearings on the size and scope of the project. A 13-page resolution between the Chabad and the village reflected steps to mitigate concerns of the neighbors regarding traffic and parking issues and light and noise pollution. The original size requested would have been 70,000 square feet.
Currently, the project is in the excavation and drainage stage according to Mr. Corva.